Oh, oh, oh, color me a pure pale romantic for the vintage classics, and the latest Bottega Veneta collection for Pre-Fall 18 takes that shell and refreshes it for the it-girl today. Whip up a manhattan, because you’re invited to a 1960’s style cocktail party. Or an early summer wedding to be exact. But that’s only for the first set, as Tomas Maier actually sectioned off this collection based on months of the summer, releasing each set for what he thinks buyers are going to want at each point in the months of play. Oh, and remember to check out the shoes on your tour.
May: The looks started with ellipsis from the previous season in muted nudes and rose tones in a color block sheath, a georgette slip dress, and silky yet structured bermuda shorts. A yellow fit-and-flare is sheathed in a layer of white lace with a drop waist that falls into pleats, the bodice with small modernist silver metal piping. Um, yes please.
June: From there the collection merged into some dizzying and lively printwork on trenches with restrained groupings of multicolored paillettes at the collars and pockets. A couple of these were over sheaths with completely different colors and print directions, creating quite the dizzying visual effect. No pants in sight – all legs with completely figure flattering flare looks and playful at that. The subdued pink box pleat skirt dripped at the pockets – YES, POCKETS! – with silver, pink, and purple toned paillettes and sequins with a fantastic geometric knit top. A similar look follows in red and blue for festive fourth of July, this time with a cropped jacket with striping at the waist to create a cinch belting effect. Love.
July: The final set for Bottega Veneta transitioned more toward the 1970’s, looking forward to plaid in varying patterns with retro striping and color blocking details complementing the looks. It’s a Pan Am meets back-to-school and back-to-work line that Tomas Maier playfully walks in these final looks that gives them an interesting energy. Most successful were the jackets, especially the 70’s styled color block striping.
Definitely an interesting business of fashion concept. Will it take?